Friday, June 4, 2010

Blessing Gown

When my daughter was expecting her first baby, I was thrilled to find out it would be a girl!  Months went by as I waited and waited to find out her name.  My daughter and son-in-law had a list of a few names but they felt like they needed to see her before they named her.  When my son-in-law called to tell me the baby had been born he said, "We had the baby!  It weighs 8 pounds, 11 ounces and is 21 inches long!"  I begged, "What's her name!?!"  He replied, "Noa Alexander!"  I was confused.  "It's a BOY!"  I was still so confused.  Long story short, ultrasounds are not 100% accurate!

At the time of that phone call I was literally working on a blessing gown for the baby.  A very girly blessing gown.  I had spent months working on it.  I was sick to think that it might have been for nothing, I mean, I had hand beaded pearls all over the thing and sewn pin tucks and ruffles, it was not a boy's blessing gown at all. 

About the gown, my daughter chose this Vogue pattern.  Vogue patterns are HARD!  There is so much detail and the sewing is very high quality.  This gown will last a very long time!  My daughter chose the fabric and embellishments.  She has a very modern, straight lines, simple embellishments kind of style.  I used cream dupioni silk for the dress and jacket.  I hand beaded the jacket and a portion of the dress with tiny cream pearls.  So without further ado, here is the gown:

Gown with Jacket, Front

Jacket, Back

Gown, Front

Gown, Back

Detail from top of Gown, Front

Detail from Jacket edge, Front

So, the boy did not wear it for his blessing, but a few years later that same daughter produced the girl this dress was waiting for.  The dress has a liner and my daughter thought it would be a great tradition to embroider the name and blessing date of each baby blessed in this gown onto it.  Here is a photo of Isca's name:

Detail from Gown Liner

Blessing Day, me and Isca

Blessing Day, my daughter and Isca

*Not shown:  I also made a pair of booties and a head band to match.  My daughter packed them up and when she finds where she put them I'll post them!


  1. Gorgeous! I used to make and sell blessing gowns myself, so I can appreciate all the work and love you put into this one. Also, I'm all for blessing boys in gowns; I think it's old-fashioned and beautiful.

    Terry (Wall)

  2. This dress and jacket is exquisite! It will be a family heirloom I'm sure.


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